OSX formatted FAT32 external HD to work on windows?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by YoYoMa, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    I formatted one of my external hard drives in OSX (with the disk utility) to the FAT32 standard so I could access the files on my Vista machine. Although Windows recognizes the drive when I connect it, the drive never shows up in My Computer. Anyone have any idea what the problem is and/or how to fix it?
     
  2. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    that sure is a weird issue you are experiencing.
    I have that exact same setup and it didn't work the first time (under xp) for me neither, so I formatted the drive once again and after that it miraculously worked.
     
  3. YoYoMa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good to know I'm not the only one who's had this problem. I cannot take your approach though; the drive is full and I would much rather not delete it.
     

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